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UNTUNews24 reports that the United National Transport Union (UNTU) said on Friday that rain drivers would not work on Metrorail's central line through the Cape Flats until commuter and staff safety was guaranteed.  

The line has been closed since Wednesday.  A security guard was robbed and murdered at Chris Hani station in Makhaza, Khayelitsha, on Tuesday night.  "We have said to them that unless they can guarantee the safety of our people we are not going to drive.  If there are volunteers who want to drive and take the risk themselves – they can," said UNTU general secretary Steve Harris.  A meeting is planned with the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) next week to discuss the matter, but in the meantime, UNTU drivers will apparently drive on any line except that one.  "Every employee in this country has got the right to be safe at work," said Harris.  He claimed that driving trains in the last four or five years had become chaotic, especially in the Western Cape.  "It has just become a warzone," he exclaimed.  Responding to UNTU's labour action, Western Cape Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott said it was understandable that train drivers were nervous.  "So there are no drivers," she said.

  • Read this report by Jenni Evans in full at News24

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